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USDA: MINIMUM HOURLY AGRICULTURAL WAGE RATES ARE HIGHEST IN WASHINGTON AND OREGON
Source: USDA news release



The H-2A Temporary Agricultural Program provides a legal means to bring in foreign-born workers into the United States on a short-term basis.

Workers employed on an H-2A visa may remain in the U.S. for up to 10 months at a time. Employers must demonstrate and the U.S. Department of Labor must certify that efforts to recruit U.S. workers were not successful.

Employers must also pay a State-specific minimum wage, known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR).

The rate is set at the regionís average farm wage to prevent H-2A employment from negatively affecting domestic farmworkers by lowering their wages.

For fiscal 2019, this minimum hourly wage was highest in Oregon and Washington at $15.03, followed by Hawaii at $14.73. The wage rate was also high in the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas at $14.38.

By comparison, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina had the lowest minimum wages at $11.13. This chart appears in the Economic Research Service topic page for Farm Labor, updated January 2020.


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